National Permaculture Convergence
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The National Permaculture Convergence, organised by the Permaculture Association, will be taking place in Hulme, Manchester from 20 - 23 September.
The convergence is bursting with opportunities for learning, networking and demonstrating why permaculture is at the forefront in shaping a thriving future for everyone.
The converging crises of our world and the great uncertainties of our time are calling us to step up. Permaculture represents a worldview that is holistic, positive and has wellbeing of all at its centre: Earth Care, People Care, Fair Shares.
The convergence will explore the many ways permaculture is interacting with and influencing our world.
Let's use this convergence as an opportunity to bring forward the change we want to see in the world and build the networks we need to do this.
What is happening?
The event is a convergence of several events this year, all taking place in an urban setting. This approach represents a significant area of work we are undertaking currently - to bring about a more diverse and accessible network and reach those that have been underserved by our previous activities.
We see this convergence as being about permaculture at the edges - where we cross-pollinate with other networks and take a lead in designing a better Britain. Where better to begin than in thriving Manchester?
As ever, children are welcome and there will be a full programme of activities for them over both Friday and Saturday. Tours will be designed with families in mind.
Thursday - Practitioners Day
The Educators' Meeting will bring together those teaching Earth Care, People Care, Fair Shares. Sessions helping to bring permaculture education into the mainstream. Open to anyone involved in permaculture education at any level.
The Thriving Communities network meeting will launch a network of peer support for projects and practitioners, share research results, and develop the project, which is helping us understand how permaculture engages people from disadvantaged and marginalised communities.
Please note these events are ticketed separately. See the how do I get tickets section below.
Friday - Exploring our Edges
10.30am - 6.30pm
A day-long open conference with five streams of content exploring permaculture's pioneering role in society. Subjects will range from housing to agroforestry, improving access to permaculture and healthy ways of working. We'll look at work of the Permaculture Association, and that of our members and networks. The conference will welcome collaboration with cross-sector partners.
The conference will be followed by an evening of music, dancing, street food, a cinema, and a licensed bar.
Saturday - Day of Doing
10.00am - 6.30pm
A day packed with practical activities at Hulme Community Garden Centre. Learn about composting, forest gardens, and more. Sessions will be aimed at both beginners and the more experienced. They will happen both outdoors, utilising the fabulous natural resources at the venue, and in the straw bale classroom. We welcome you to contribute workshops to this day.
The day of action will be followed by an evening of music, dancing, street food, cinema, licensed bar and more.
Sunday - Ed-venturing
10.00am - 2.00pm
A shared breakfast then tours of local projects.
Details of the tours will be announced in the coming weeks.
Please note: The convergence is non-residential. If you need accommodation, please arrange this yourself.
Where is it happening?
The event will be held across a number of venues in Hulme, all within 5 minutes walk of each other:
Home to our Friday Conference, plus Thursday's practitioner meetings.
Charity-run creative community arts centre with excellent range of facilities.
Address: 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5 ZA
Hulme Community Garden Centre
Home to our evening socials and Saturday's Day of Doing.
A Permaculture Association LAND Centres. A thriving community-led garden centre with a difference that makes a difference.
Address: 28 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5RF
Hulme Community Hall
Part of the community resource centre next door to the community garden centre. Operated by local charity, Mothers Against Violence. We will use their kitchen and some activities may take place here throughout the convergence.
Address: Claremont Centre, 2 Jarvis Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5FS
How do I get involved?
We're accepting applications for workshops and talks via the new LineUp Ninja platform.
We are using this new app to streamline the programming of the event. It has been developed by a Permaculture Association member with convergences in mind.
Sessions should please match the convergence key themes and priorities:
- Access to permaculture
- Effective collaboration
- Science, research and investigation
- Regenerative land, food and farming
- Permaculture and wellbeing
- Permaculture and communities
- Permaculture and the urban environment
- Permaculture, economics and politics
- Skills-based sessions
- Introduction to practical permaculture
- Advanced practical permaculture
- Outdoor Activities / Nature-Based Activities
- Technical knowledge
- Design sessions
We are looking for Introductory and Advanced sessions over both days.
To sign up to offer a workshop, please head to LineUp Ninja.
We'll be recruiting volunteer crew later in the Spring/Summer. Please keep your eyes peeled for announcements.
How do I get tickets?
- Book my tickets for the convergence.
- Book my tickets for the Educators' Meeting.
- Thriving Communities is an invite only event, please email [email protected] to register your interest.
More about the ticket options
- Weekend tickets are for Friday, Saturday and Sunday inclusive. They include both day events and evening socials.
- Weekend tickets do not include access to the Educators' Meeting or Thriving Communities network meeting.
- Individual day tickets are available for Friday and Saturday and include evening socials.
- Lunch and an evening meal are included with adult tickets (Friday and Saturday). Weekend tickets include Sunday breakfast.
- Child tickets are for 5-16 year olds. Under-5s go free. 17 and over are classed as adults.
Convergence ticket prices:
- Full Weekend Adult £115
- Full Weekend Members Tickets £99
- Subsidised Weekend Adult £75
- Friday only Adult £60
- Saturday only Adult £50
- Full Weekend Child £20
- Friday/Saturday only Child £10
Discounted day tickets available to local residents. Please contact us for information.
We have a limited number of bursaries for those on very low incomes and those of BAME resident in or around Manchester. Please contact us to apply.
Want to find out more or need more information?
We will be releasing more details of the programme and tours as they are confirmed over the coming weeks.
If you need information that isn't included here or to apply for discounted day tickets or bursaries, please contact: [email protected]